Fathom The Mariinsky Nutcracker Movie Review

The Nutcracker Live Movie

Over the years I have frequented science exhibits, art galleries, and various museums to round my interests, but, somehow, infrequently attempted to extend my sense of music appreciation. Prior to this week, the last cultural event I went to was a NYC ballet performance in the early 60’s where Jackie Kennedy, wife on then President JFK, was in the audience. I didn’t get to see much of that show seated in the affordable nose-bleed section Up, Up, Up.

Glad that I was invited to an NCM Fathom Event. The Mariinsky Ballet presented its version of The Nutcracker Live in Real3D. It was better than being there–great seats, unobstructed view, fantastic Dolby theater sound. It changed a lot of perceptions about great music for me when the Kirov Ballet Company performed a darker than traditional revival of Vainonen’s 1934 production.

I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Russian ballet, The Nutcracker, and Fathom. Theater seats were spacious and comfortable and afforded an unobstructed view of the screen. My only complaint about filming of this Nutcracker,possibly the most popular ballet in the world, is that the cameramen selected what I could see. As it focused in on the stars, the footwork of the ensemble was obscured.

Although the adaptation included no Sugar Plum Fairy, I was charmed by Clara (Alina Somova) and her doll transformed to soldier-prince Hans-Peter (Vladimar Shkyarov)’s talents. Center stage in living theater, their dance showed skill and talent, creditable and seemingly effortless.

Ensemble performances of the accompanying cast were meticulous and synchronized–impressive since many in the cast are yet children. Movements were orderly, complex, and precise with entrances and exits no distracting to the eye.

The Nutcracker’s atmosphere was a romantic one enriched by proper lighting, colorful and elaborate sets, and delicately detailed costumes. The beauty and mastery of Tchaikovsky’s simple themes were magnificently orchestrated by Conductor Valery Gergiev. Experimental modern dances blended within the tradition for a great retelling of A. E. Hoffman’s story. The dream sequence libretto full of the Christmas spirit, children, adults in soldiers, the Mouse King and his army, a magician, a clown shined.

I enjoyed this Worldwide Cinema Release for Christmas 2012. I bet you would as well. I am looking forward to being in the audience at future Fathom Events which include Hollywood classics, concerts, sports, performing arts, and originals.

I received admission to this show free of cost to me for the sole purpose of review. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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